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New policies on an array of topics – including voting rights, court funding, human trafficking, cybersecurity and numerous criminal justice issues – were adopted this month by the ABA House of Delegates during a two-day session at the association’s Annual Meeting in San Francisco.
The ABA urged Congress last month to protect the federal judiciary from future deficit reduction and increase funding for fiscal year 2014 to the Senate Appropriations Committee’s recommended level of $6.67 billion.
In his first official communication as ABA president, James R. Silkenat asked the entire ABA membership to contact their individual members of Congress immediately to urge them to restore funding to the federal judiciary and provide support for fiscal year 2014 that assures access to justice.
James R. Silkenat, a partner in the New York office of Sullivan & Worcester and a member of the law firm’s Corporate Department, assumed the ABA presidency for a one-year term this month at the association’s Annual Meeting.
Saying that it is “well past time to implement common sense changes that will foster safer communities from coast to coast,” U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. announced, in an Aug. 12 speech to the ABA House of Delegates, a new Department of Justice (DOJ) initiative aimed at reforming and strengthening America’s criminal justice system.
The ABA, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) unveiled a new partnership and pilot program this month to help reduce the current backlog facing veterans seeking disability benefits.